Tauranga

Travel Guide
Mount Maunganui which includes general coastal views, a bay or harbour and a coastal town

A seaside city on New Zealand’s North Island, this is a place to sit back and relax on immaculate beaches or go exploring amidst some stunning scenery.

Tauranga is nestled between Waipu Bay and Tauranga Harbor about halfway along the Bay of Plenty. It’s home to some of the country’s best waterways and beaches, and is surrounded by gorgeous countryside. The local food and wine is excellent, the air is clean, and the atmosphere relaxed.

Throw on your swimwear and go for a dip. Whether you prefer calmer waters or the open surf, you’ll find somewhere to suit your taste. Pilot Bay has a sheltered beach that is great for sunbathing and picnics. Head to Waihi Beach for medium breakers, which is ideal for kids and novice surfers. Check out Mount Maunganui Main Beach for the city’s biggest and most popular waves. It has some of the best waves in the region and a beachfront dotted with cafés and restaurants.

Divers will find some of New Zealand’s best spots around Tauranga. First-timers can organize training sessions and supervised dives. Anyone looking to try their hand at surfing can take lessons with local instructors. Fishing enthusiasts can jump aboard a chartered boat and drop a line. For a truly unusual experience, head over to White Island across the bay; here, you can experience exploring the inner crater of an active volcano.

For a break from the ocean, make your way inland and go exploring. Check out the Te Puna Quarry Park or go further afield to Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. Adventurers can go mountain bike riding around Oropi Grove or the Redwoods. If that’s not extreme enough, make your way to the Wairoa River for some of the best white water rafting in the country, or have a go at kayak sliding.

When it’s time to eat, wander around town and take your pick of the restaurants and cafés. Hang around to see some historic buildings and visit the city’s museums and galleries. History buffs will love the Tauranga Military Collection and Classic Flyers NZ. Art fans will enjoy the Tauranga Art Gallery and the Cargo Shed.

Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s premier seaside destinations. Some great beaches, activities for all ages and a chilled-out atmosphere make many visitors wish they could call it home.

Where to stay in Tauranga

Tasman Holiday Parks - Papamoa Beach
Tasman Holiday Parks - Papamoa Beach
4 out of 5
535 Papamoa Beach Road, Tauranga, 3118
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £76 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 4-star beach holiday park in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (204 reviews)
"Beach proximity and sensational view. Excellent facilities and accommodation that is great value for money, and very friendly and helpful staff. Having to leave too soon."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Tasman Holiday Parks - Papamoa Beach
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
4.5 out of 5
51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga, 3110
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £128 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a marina. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (988 reviews)
"The infinity pool was a nice touch though it was not heated"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2022

Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Hotel on Devonport
Hotel on Devonport
4.5 out of 5
72 Devonport Road, Tauranga, 3110
The price is £102 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (992 reviews)
"Large hotel spaces with quite a few extras - a microwave, cutlery, fresh air room pump and a tiny verandah to sit outside and enjoy the view with your glass of complimentary wine (you do not get the wine if you are not in your room when they eventually deliver after check in). It’s close to the trains ..."

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2022

Hotel on Devonport
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Quest on Durham
Quest on Durham
4 out of 5
6 Durham Street, Tauranga, 3110
The price is £104 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (393 reviews)
"Property is just a 5 minute walk to 'restaurant strip' on the Strand and just far enough away from any nighttime noise."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Quest on Durham
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Tauranga, 3116
The price is £131 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (760 reviews)
"Great place and location staff very warm and helpful they allowed us to check in earlier due to the room being available. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Capri On Pilot Bay
Capri On Pilot Bay
4 out of 5
5 The Mall Street, Tauranga, 3116
The price is £108 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 4-star beach apartment in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (213 reviews)
"Awesome location, walking distance to everything. Very handy."

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2022

Capri On Pilot Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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